The top 20 (in no order) by a very picky reader!

A Listmania! list by "katzkatz"
 
Roots
1.  Roots by Alex Haley
The list author says:
  "An amazing novel chronicling the generations of the author's family"
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Blackbird: A Childhood Lost
2.  Blackbird: A Childhood Lost by Jennifer Lauck
The list author says:
  "A recent read that I could hardly put down. Sad, moving, but a tale of endurance that anyone would love."
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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
3.  Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
The list author says:
  "The lives of a grandmother, mother, and daughter in 20th century China."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)

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The House of Mirth
4.  The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
The list author says:
  "One of the best Wharton novels. I read this for my course and loved it. The recent film version is also very good."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

The Bell Jar
5.  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The list author says:
  "Well worth reading. Plath had a talent that shines in this book, (roughly) based on her own life."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)

The Color Purple
6.  The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The list author says:
  "I loved this book because it was so well written and remained with me for weeks."
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Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Penguin Modern Classics)
7.  Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (Penguin Modern Classics) by George Orwell
The list author says:
  "You know those books you REALLY should get round to reading? Well this was one of mine. Much shorter than I thought it would be, but much better than the talk about it."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Catcher in the Rye
8.  The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
The list author says:
  "Although not my favourite book, I really don't think you can get by without taking a look."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (496 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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East of Eden (Penguin Modern Classics)
9.  East of Eden (Penguin Modern Classics) by John Steinbeck
The list author says:
  "I looked at this book and went 'no way!'.  While it's true that 640 pages of Steinbeck is no picnic, every page was gripping once you got started."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

To Kill A Mockingbird
10.  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The list author says:
  "Very well written. A classic that deserves the title."
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The Turn of the Screw (Penguin Popular Classics)
11.  The Turn of the Screw (Penguin Popular Classics) by Henry James
The list author says:
  "A classic ghost story that works because of the author's skill."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
12.  Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
The list author says:
  "A Chinese child who is not loved by her parents and faces a difficult childhood."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

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No Great Mischief
13.  No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
The list author says:
  "A great author who needs more people talking about him!!"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

The Joy Luck Club
14.  The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The list author says:
  "Funny and well written. Another great example of the talent of the author."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck "Essentials")
15.  Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck "Essentials") by John Steinbeck
The list author says:
  "I wasn't really interested in Steinbeck until I had to read one of his books for my course. This is a great introduction to newcomers."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Ten Thousand Sorrows
16.  Ten Thousand Sorrows by Elizabeth Kim
The list author says:
  "One Korean womans struggle through life."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Empire Falls
17.  Empire Falls by Richard Russo
The list author says:
  "Another great writer I found by accident. His ability to flesh out his many characters makes this novel a gripping read."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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White Oleander
18.  White Oleander by Janet Fitch
The list author says:
  "I was drawn into this book from the first few pages. Watch out for the film version."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

Angela's Ashes
19.  Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
The list author says:
  "Not many people haven't read this book."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)

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What Katya Did Next: The Chronicles of a Sociopathic Social Climber
20.  What Katya Did Next: The Chronicles of a Sociopathic Social Climber by Adele Lang
The list author says:
  "I'll end with a very funny novel that makes you laugh out loud... in public! (Much better than Bridget Jone's Diary)"
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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